According to the Salary Survey, the average salary for South African coders has increased from 2017 to 2018, rising from R41,555 a month to R42,673 a month.
In comparison, the overall average monthly salary for South Africans has dropped. BusinessTech reports a decrease from R20,060 in November 2017 to R19,858 in February 2018. BankservAfrica reports an even lower average salary, at R13,621 a month. In short, coders’ salaries in South Africa are a lot higher than the national average.
More stats about salaries in the tech sector:
• Salaries increased by 74% between 2017 and 2018.
• The average salary increase during this period was 8.7%.
• The majority of tech professionals in South Africa (55%) think their salary is fair.
• Last year, 60% of tech professionals received a bonus.
Short courses (3-9 months): Internationally recognised part-time online courses, good CV-boosters.
Higher Certificate NQF Level 5 (1 year): Skills-based and industry-orientated, designed to help propel developers into the tech world.
National Diploma NQF Level 5 (2-3 years): Similar to a degree, but with a more practical and career-centric focus.
Tech NQF Level 7 (1-year top-up following a diploma): A practical-focused qualification that can be done as an alternative to a Bachelor degree in South Africa.
Bachelor’s Degree NQF Level 7 (3 years): A BSc Computer Science BSc IT qualification balances theoretical Computer Science with practical software development skills.
Honours Degree NQF Level 8 (1-year top-up following a BSc): A higher, more specialised and research-heavy qualification focused on a single subject.
Online bootcamps (3-6 months): HyperionDev offers industry-aligned and mentor-led online coding bootcamps.
An online coding course is much quicker to complete than a traditional degree, taking just 3-6 months while a degree could take 3 years or longer. That means there are fewer risks involved (e.g. loss of income, or opportunity cost, while studying). Another advantage of an online bootcamp is that learners can study remotely, and learn at their own pace. Our South African Graduate Outcomes Report revealed the following:
89% of graduates who took the Software Engineering course reached their career outcomes.
91% of graduates who took a Web Development course reached their career outcomes.
100% of graduates who took a Mobile Development course reached their career outcomes.
100% of graduates who took a Data Science course reached their career outcomes.
Xavier completed his diploma in computer programming in 2010, but struggled to find a job in tech and began working as a motor mechanic instead. He knew he needed to study further, as his current diploma didn’t seem to meet recruiters’ expectations.
Xavier pursued HyperionDev’s Certified Software Developer and Full Stack Web Developer course. Today, he works as a developer for an IT consulting company.
Xavier says: “It only took me about 2 weeks and I found a job with Pepkor IT. I was really excited to see how quickly I was able to find a job in programming, especially since it took me so long to get my career in IT started after I completed my studies.”
Musa was supporting herself through her university vocational studies by working as a waitress and cashier, when she was introduced to HyperionDev through a learnership in systems development. She was inspired to take a Software Development Micro-Degree, and has since become a Full-Stack Developer at EOH, one of the largest tech companies in Africa.
Musa says: “The course has helped me in amazing ways. HyperionDev gave me the tools and resources that I needed to become a developer. It has helped me understand how the technology industry works and how I can be a part of it.”
These examples show us what a profound impact our coding courses can have on our graduates’ careers and lives.
“I found a new job as a software developer within 2 weeks of completing HyperionDev's Web Development course. Despite my prior university studies in programming, I struggled to land a job as a developer and worked as a mechanic until being exposed to real practical coding skills that I now use day-to-day."
From Motor Mechanic to Software Developer at Pepcor IT
"HyperionDev gave me the confidence and ability to code and find the tech job I've always wanted. 4 months after I completed my Web Development Bootcamp, I landed a role in my dream career as a web developer."
From Office Manager to Web Developer at Cartmell Communications
"The support my mentor gave me during HyperionDev's Software Engineering courses helped me go from unemployed to a tech role with IBM that has changed my life. This course gave me the stepping stone needed to follow my passion and start my career in tech."
From Business Management Graduate to Strategic Consultant at IBM
"I found a new job as a software developer 2 months after graduating from my HyperionDev course. The 3 months I spent studying with HyperionDev took me from being an absolute beginner in coding to someone who actually felt like they could be a software developer, because I actually attained the skills to switch to a career in tech."
From Tour Operator to Software Developer at MIP Holding
“HyperionDev, with their excellent guidance and structure, resulted in my learning, in a few months, what would have taken more than a year on my own. Just 1 month after completing my course, I found myself employed and working as a Software Engineer.”
From Unemployed Graduate to Software Engineer at Andile Solutions
“As a Site Engineer, I felt my skills were not utilized to their fullest. Now, as a full-time mobile developer, I’m very happy about the exciting opportunities ahead and the new stimulating environment.”
From Site Engineer to Mobile Developer at The Reach Trust
“After 2 years of struggling to get into the development industry, HyperionDev’s Mobile Development course helped me land a job that has me creating mobile apps used in the real world.”
From Customer Support Associate to Mobile Developer at Rapid Deploy